Dehydroepiandrosterone is a steroid hormone. Your body converts this into other hormones, namely testosterone and oestrogen.
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DHEA-S (dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate) is a male hormone (androgen) that is made in the adrenal glands. The body turns it into testosterone. This test checks the level of this hormone in the blood. DHEAS gradually declines from the age of 30 onwards. In both men and women high DHEAS may indicate Cushings disease (when the body produces too much cortisol) as well as a possible adrenal tumour. Low levels in males may be because the adrenal glands are not making enough male sex hormones (androgens.) Low levels in females may be because the ovaries are not making enough female sex hormones (oestrogen.) In both sexes then may be low because the adrenal gland has a tumour.